“Seniors can teach young people how to be resilient, and young people have an air about them that everything is possible in their lives,” he said. “When you put those two together, it’s going to be a powerful combination.”
Chris Huntress, chairman of the Andover Youth Center Building Committee, said the money from the trust fund will have a profound effect not just on relations between the generations, but also on the actual construction of the building.
“What this money allows us to do is do the whole foundation and the whole exterior building shell as phase one, whereas before, without this (Wood Trust) money, we’d have to break the project into two construction phases,” he said. “That (appropriation) saved us hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
The Andover Youth Foundation, a nonprofit group formed to raise money to support Andover Youth Services programming, still has some work ahead of it, according to Huntress.
Though the numbers aren’t yet available, some money is still needed to cover the interior of the building’s second phase, Huntress said. The second phase includes a multipurpose room, a secondary set of bathrooms and some offices.